Vientiane-based carrier Lao Airlines has signed
a contract for the purchase of 2 ATR 72-600s, valued at US$ 47
million at catalogue price.
These two new aircraft will be added to
Lao Airlines' current fleet of 4 ATR 72-500s.
The airline is in
the midst of expanding its fleet in order to increase frequency on
existing routes and to open new destinations in the surrounding
The arrival of these two 70-seat ATR 72-600s will help the
airline to maintain its position as the preferred premium airline
The ATR 72-600 will be equipped with a new
full-glass cockpit and new Giugiaro-designed cabin interiors, and
will be powered by PW 127M engines.
these two aircraft will take place late in 2012 and in 2013.
The President of Lao Airlines, Dr Somphone Douangdara,
said, “The acquisition of these two aircraft aims at maintaining a modern fleet and upgrading the level of onboard
services. In addition to superb services, the airline saves time
and money by having a young fleet. With the ATR 72-600's
operational reliability and cabin comfort, we want to offer better
access for the Laotian travelling public and make them feel easy
Passenger capacity: 68-74 seats
Pratt & Whitney 127M
Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 horse
power per engine
Maximum weight at take-off: 23,000 kg
Maximum load: 7,500 kg
Maximum range with full passenger load:
900 nautical miles (1,665 km)
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